From the eastern suburbs of Melbourne come The Bean Project, a vibrant French horn-clad acoustic quartet blending the raw sounds of folk, jazz and singer-songwriter - most aptly described as 'the odd marriage of James Taylor and The Cat Empire'. Named the 2016 Folk Alliance of Australia Young Artist of the Year, the award-winning outfit will be releasing their debut album ‘Naked Trees’ in June 2017, accompanied by a national tour visiting Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane and much in between.
‘Naked Trees’ is like a good whisky - strong, woody and rich, and after a while you can’t help your booty from shaking. The album sways from enthusiastic groovy numbers such as ‘Gaps’ to tear-jerking singer-songwriter songs such as ‘Never Been More Alone.’ Inspired by the naked trees it is named after, the production took a no frills, no gimmicks, straight forward approach, using great microphones to record great performances. Described as ‘the odd marriage of James Taylor and The Cat Empire,’ The Bean Project’s premier record carves its own path in a highly saturated sonic landscape, and will be available on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp from 22nd June.
For two and a half years The Bean Project was a french-horn and acoustic guitar duo. Ben Langdon (guitar) and Bryce Turcato (horn) experimented with the lineup here and there, playing with a marching band once and a choir at one point, but nothing ever settled. That was until February 2016. They had booked to record at Hothouse Studios in St Kilda and decided it would be fun to get some more instruments on the recordings. Bryce had met Isaac Gunnoo (double bass) and Maddison Carter (drums) at the Victorian College of the Arts and after one rehearsal they recorded three songs live and then Ben and Bryce headed up the coast for a three month east coast gig and busking bender. Not surprisingly, after three months of sleeping in the car and eating canned goods together they decided the need for a band was great. Isaac and Maddi were on the very next tour. The recent addition of Ellie Lamb on trombone filled out the brass section and solidified the current Beanie lineup. The music didn't change, it just grew up a bit. Since then this group of guys and girls have played Cygnet Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.